Translations from a Japanese Lolita Blog
A few days ago, EGL user go_slow_ly posted a translation from a Japanese Lolita's blog. I'm not going to post the whole thing, for that check out the post go_slow_ly made, but instead, just a few bits and pieces from it. The translation is from the Japanese Lolita blog, Twilightrose.
"Lately lolita clothes all look the same!
It seems like all the brands are just copying each other.
If one brand releases a chocolate print, they all do - same with diamond prints..."
"Lolita of today is fragmented into so many types, and now you can't even tell what's lolita and what's not anymore."
"If you compare modern lolita with lolita from 2000-2007, it's become all about original prints while the dress designs have become more plain."
"Aren't there lots of people like me out there who instead of collecting tons of similar prints, prefer the solid color lolita dresses of the past?"
"Ahh~ there are so many dresses that I want like BABY's velvet dresses from 2000-2007 or inspirational old fashioned styles!!! That's the kind of lolita I've always wanted to be!!!!"
The reasons why I'm choose these particular quotes, or bringing up this blog translation at all isn't because these are some profoundly deep thoughts on the Lolita fashion, or a unique way of looking at it, but instead because when I read the translation go_slow_ly posted I was pleasantly surprised to find out that what this Japanese Lolita blogger was saying was pretty much exactly what Lolita bloggers outside of Japan are saying as well!
Sometimes the Japanese Lolita is glorified and idolized in a very peculiar way. Some people will justify their own sense of style by mentioning "I saw it in a Japanese street snap, so it's okay if I do it!" and comments such as "Well, in Japan they wear this and do that, so I don't see why we should do it differently!" are often brought up when the popularity/Lolita-ness of certain things is discussed. So it sort of comes as a strange shock to see the Japanese Lolita more humanized, so to speak, rather than some sort of faceless fashion idol.
Of course, the Japanse Lolita belongs to a very different Lolita world than the rest of us, besides the major cultural differences (which is a different blog post altogether, one that I don't feel like tackling quite yet!), the simple fact of availability makes for a sometimes startlingly different Lolita world. I was quite pleased to see that, despite the differences and even the mystery surrounding the Japanese Lolita, what really made this particular Lolita stop and voice her opinion was exactly the same thing that so many Lolitas from my particular Lolita world, and even myself, have thought about at one time or another. Even though sometimes the only thing connecting Lolitas from around the world is the fact that they buy their clothes from the same shops, it's still nice to hear that these shops are eliciting such similar emotions despite the different cultures.
If you're looking for more translated Lolita conversations and musings, check out this one. It's pretty old (2005!) and it's from the Japanese equivalent of 4chan, but even back then things were still pretty similar, especially when usernames are turned off and anon turns on. Favorite new pieces, where to get good offbrand deals, the endless "fatty" drama, cosplay vs. Lolita, random strangers popping by to tell them they look stupid, poking fun at Bodyline- these are all things that are no stranger to the Lolita who is familiar with the online communities!